COVIDsafe Services

Home Improvement Guidelines

Summary

  • Safe technician and client check-in processes
  • Pre-appointment notification of safety measures to reiterate safe practices
  • Enforce social distancing in homes
  • Technicians wear adequate personal protective equipment
  • All tools and equipment to be used will be cleaned and disinfected prior to and after each service call

Safety Recommendations

  • Employees are encouraged not to report to work if they are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (eg. cough, sore throat, fever, etc.) within the past 48 hours.*

  • Contactless methods of temperature screening are used where possible, using digital thermometers for accuracy and multi-use. These are available for all staff pre-shift.

  • Company vehicles are well-stocked, with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes so that technicians can properly disinfect themselves (as well as commonly touched surfaces such as door handles and steering wheels) between each use.*

  • Enhanced cleaning of all office areas, high touch surfaces and washrooms is ensured, and is carried out at least twice a day.

  • Employees maintain at least a 6 feet of distance between one other and within shared areas. Spaces are clearly labelled by visual markings.

  • Any shared offices or spaces that employees may return to between jobs; provide employee zoned areas & breakout rooms:

    • Fully-sterilized areas or staff zones, designated for food, beverages and removing any personal protective equipment, are provided.

    • A hand washing or hand sanitization facility closest to the entrance of this break room is provided.

    • Visitor access to the office space is prohibited.

    • Clear instructions on how to remove and/or discard staff related PPE are provided.

      • Garbage bins are provided at all facility entrance, exits and staff break rooms to properly discard one time use PPE .

    • In this area, it is ensured that there is limited sharing of utensils and thorough cleanings of utensils between each use.

  • Routine temperature checks are conducted for each service provider prior to entering the site.

  • Company vehicles and equipment are regularly sanitized.

  • All safety procedures are followed as advised by the CDC (6 feet of social distancing with our team and customers).

  • PPE are used and properly handled by the service provider (eg. gloves, safety glasses, hand sanitizers, mask).

  • If service providers develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (eg. cough, sore throat, fever, etc.) on the day they are scheduled, the need to reschedule is communicated with the client.

    • As a customer, if you are experiencing symptoms (sore throat, dry cough, fever, nasal congestion, runny nose, etc.) we advise that you notify our office immediately for our staff to take the necessary precautions.

  • It is clarified with the client whether anyone at the site has been experiencing symptoms in the past 24 hours.

    • If the site has a COVID-19 positive case, the staff notifies the employer immediately to take the necessary precautions.

  • If the service provider develops symptoms of a respiratory infection (eg. cough, sore throat, fever, etc.) on the day they are scheduled, it is imperative to communicate with the client the need to reschedule.

    • The CDC offers the following advice for medical professionals (which should guide home service providers): “When scheduling appointments for routine medical care (eg. annual physical, elective surgery), patients [should be instructed] to call ahead and discuss the need to reschedule their appointment if they develop symptoms of a respiratory infection (eg., cough, sore throat, fever) on the day they are scheduled to be seen.”

  • Service providers sanitize all equipment before taking it into the customer’s home or business, in addition to wearing gloves and a mask upon entering the home (including full-face shields that can be sanitized between each home visit).

  • PPE is readily available for all staff to cover nose, mouth and eyes.

    • It is ensured that all staff know how to properly use their PPE.

  • Education, training and awareness is offered to service providers:

    • Hand hygiene

    • Donning and doffing of PPE

    • Proper handling and cleaning of vehicles, equipment and tools

  • The client is informed of the following:

    • Routine temperature checks of the technicians are taken prior to entering sites.

    • All safety procedures taken and PPE used by the service provider (eg. gloves, safety glasses, hand sanitizers, masks, etc.).

  • PPE: all staff use equipment provided by employer to cover their nose, mouth and eyes (eg. non-surgical masks, plus face shields or safety glasses).

  • For any quotation or initial consultation meeting (or if services require entry to the client's home), the use of video conferencing, text messaging and online forms is employed rather than meeting in-person at the customer’s home or business.

  • Homeowners can be notified prior to the appointment that social distancing will take place while their service provider is carrying out the required work (for example: “for the safety of our employees, we ask that during the appointment they encounter only as many members of the household needed to carry out the job”).

  • When arriving, employees call the client when they are outside their home to notify them of their arrival.

  • Service providers avoid physical contact and proximity with household/site members (and whenever unavoidable, they should maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and another person).

  • All service providers are equipped with hand sanitizer, which is carried with them as standard.

  • Service providers wear protective equipment (PPE) at all times inside the home and ensure they are changing their equipment out between each visit.

  • Contactless payment solutions are the default payment method to limit any physical contact with the service provider and the home or business owner. Alternatively, online invoicing solutions are offered. The payment management system provider should be able to provide further details and options for setting this up.

    • All debit and credit card machines are cleaned and disinfected prior to and after each service call.

  • Satisfaction surveys around service and adherence to COVIDsafe measures can be sent to the customer following the meeting. This will help ensure that standards were met.

  • Note: If the service is for a regular maintenance call, this is not considered an emergency and it is advised to reschedule to not transmit the risk.

    • If possible, reschedule work to take place following the full isolation period of the homeowner.

  • It is imperative that the owner of the business is fully transparent with the service provider entering the home or office, in order for them to make an informed decision as to whether they would like to not take the service call.

  • Full PPE is worn at all times by the service provider and strict social distancing measures should be in place with every member of the household.

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